May 14 2012 A Synopsis Of This Morning's News... H/t to ChrisM my MP3Angel for supplying the audio files. «o»What makes Bahrain different from Syria? It's importance as a US military operational center - The US has resumed some arms sales to the Bahrainian government despite ongoing civil disturbances where those weapons are being used on the country's civilian population. Even as a Neurosurgeon has been tortured by the government and faces trial for treating injured protesters... ...who have been responding to their government's repression thusly.
«o»Mullah Arsala Rahmani, an Afghan "Peace Negotiator" was assassinated in Kabul on Sunday. He was a tribal leader affiliated with the Taliban who switched sides and attempted to convince the other clans to do the same and move the Taliban into the civilian sphere... Which they were... civilians, until the West showed up and funded them to chase the Russians out of the country. They are currently doing the same to NATO and the West and THEN they will probably go back to being 'civil' and 'civilians'. It's notable "Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied his group's involvement in the assassination." leaving a number of 'perp possibilities', including assassination by Western interests who might have 'investments' in continuing the War on Afghanistan.
«o»The Greek Prime Minister has not managed to pull together a coalition government and the end result will most likely be one less European Union country in an already disintegrating alliance.
Meanwhile in other European economic news...
ZeroHedge (@zerohedge) says: "Tomorrow there are Spanish, Italian, German and French bond auctions... On Tuesday we find if Germany double dipped"
Fasten your seat belts folks and batten down your wallets, this ride is about to get a bit bumpy. Expect economic turbulence.
«o»Amsterdam is going to close down it's tourist trade in Marijuana with Dutch citizens being the only people who will be able to frequent the world famous cannabis cafes. It will take a large chunk out of Holland's cities tourist revenue when this goes into effect.
«o»University of California police are preparing to 'clean out' Occupiers who have been squatting a piece of Albany California land owned by the UC Regents. It had been turned into a collective farm.
«o»Today is the day California governor Jerry Brown will have to explain how the state's $6 billion dollar deficit has ballooned into a $16 Billion dollar deficit. Brown is also expected to present a new tax plan for the state that taxes people making more than $250,000 dollars at a higher rate, along with other tax code changes. If that plan is not accepted by the state's voters on June 6th expect a much more draconian plan which will move the state one step closer to third world nation status regarding what little social benefits are still available to the displaced workers and indigent of California.
In OTHER News:
Another good man gone...
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald “Duck” Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. and the MGs and contributed to such classics as “In the Midnight Hour,” ”Hold On I’m Coming” and “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” died Sunday at 70.
Dunn, whose legacy as one of the most respected session musicians in the business also included work with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd’s Blues Brothers as well as with Levon Helm, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and others, died while on tour in Tokyo.
News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.
Dunn was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1941, and according to the biography on his official website, was nicknamed for the cartoon character by his father.
His father, a candy maker, did not want his son to be a musician
“He thought I would become a drug addict and die. Most parents in those days thought music was a pastime, something you did as a hobby, not a profession,” Dunn said.
But by the time Dunn was in high school, he was in a band, the Royal Spades, with Cropper, a group that would eventually become the Mar-Keys.
Cropper left the band to become a session player at Stax Records, the legendary Memphis-based record company that would become known for its gritty soul records and artists like Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes and the Staples Singers.
Soon, Dunn followed Cropper and joined the Stax house band, which would become Booker T. and the MGs. It included Booker T. Jones on organ and Al Jackson on drums and was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [In Full]
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